Adenoidectomy is a surgery done to remove the adenoids. An adenoid is an enlarged lymphatic tissue located in the back of the nose and the throat near to tonsils. They are removed if they block breathing through the nose and if they cause chronic ear-aches or deafness. This surgery is often done on outpatient basis under general anesthesia.
The adenoids produce white blood cells that help fight infections. Typically, the adenoids shrink during adolescence and may disappear by teenage. The tissue composition of adenoids is the same as that of the tonsils, the surgery for adenoidectomy is done by an otolaryngologists. Often, both tonsils and adenoids are surgically removed at the same time. The patient recovery time can range from 7 hours to 3 days and is discharged on the same day. Whereas, the complete recovery time usually takes 1 to 2 weeks.